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The Appleby Horse Fair

Appleby Horse Fair

Usually held in early June, the Appleby Horse Fair is an annual gathering of gypsies and other travellers which is held in the town of Appleby in Westmorland.

Horses are washed in the river and "shown off" or "flashed" to prospective buyers prior to sale. Thousands of travellers come to the town for the event, with gypsy caravans being seen up and down the A65 and the A66 as well as other main roads in the area in the weeks prior to and after the fair itself.

Although the event has been going for several centuries there is no "official" organising administration, and the fair operates in the style of an "impromptu" gathering.

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